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Exploring Buddhism - Small Group Study – Level 1

Week 1 – Feb 24

Introductions. Discussion about the framework and structure of Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhist Monasticism
Development of Buddhism in the West
Yogi Tradition within Tibetan Buddhism
How Naomi and EM got involved with Buddhism

FURTHER EXPLORATION AND PERSPECTIVES

Stories of Western People Who are Buddhist Practitioners

 

Why Study Buddhism

Yogis of Tibet
This is an older film (and a little dated) but still a very  interesting glimpse of the lives of Tibetan yogi practitioners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNt6AI4WSso

Week 2 – Mar 3

Read The Wisdom of No Escape
Chapter 1-5, pages 1-23

Loving-kindness
Satisfaction
Finding Our Own True Nature
Precision, Gentleness, and Letting Go
The Wisdom of No Escape

FURTHER EXPLORATION AND PERSPECTIVES

Introduction to Maitri and Compassion

Shamata Meditation

How to Find Happiness in a Busy World

Week 3 – Mar 10

Read The Wisdom of No Escape
Chapter 6–9, pages 24-42

Joy
Taking a Bigger Perspective
No Such Thing as a True Story
Weather and the Four Noble Truths

Week 4 – Mar 17

Read The Wisdom of No Escape
Chapter 10–12, pages 43-64

Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose
Renunciation
Sending and Taking
Taking Refuge

Week 5 – Mar 24

Read The Wisdom of No Escape
Chapter 13–15, pages 65-87

 

Week 6 – Mar 31

Read The Wisdom of No Escape
Chapter 16–18, pages 88-108